Adventures in e-reading: Worth the download

Aug 10, 2012 at 9:09 a.m. ET

Each month, Swapna Krishna from S. Krishna's Books brings us the hottest titles to download to our e-readers -- from the enhanced e-books everyone is buzzing about to the books you didn't even know you wanted.

The Cipher coverThe Cipher
Kathe Koja

Availability: Most bookstores on most devices

One great thing about e-books is that they can be used in creative, new ways that don't necessarily work for print. Bringing back old, classic titles that have gone out of print is a great use for ebooks, and now you can experience Kathe Koja's horror classic, The Cipher, in electronic form. When a poet and his lover discover a strange, dark hole in their storage room, they think of it as a joke. But they quickly realize that there is more to this dark place than it seems and that it's no laughing matter.

Honey on Your MindHoney on Your Mind cover
Maria Murnane

Availability: for any Kindle device

Maria Murnane is the rare breed of writer who actually found success as a self-published author. After achieving impressive sales, picked up her debut novel Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson, a fun-filled, Bridget Jones-esque read. Since then, Amazon has put out two sequels, and the latest, Honey on Your Mind, promises to be another delightful romp. It's worth mentioning that all three of Murnane's novels are available for Amazon Prime member borrowing for any Kindle owner - a difficult deal to pass up!

Among the Nameless StarsAmong the Nameless Stars cover
Diana Peterfreund

Availability: Most bookstores on most devices

Diana Peterfreund's hit YA novel For Darkness Shows the Stars is a retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, set in a distant, dystopian future in which the world has shunned technology and reverted to a kind of feudal system. Peterfreund takes this classic story that so many of us know by heart and makes it entirely her own. The book is an amazing read, and it will leave the reader desperate to explore more of this intricate world Peterfreund crafted. Well, good news: now readers can read more about Kai and his adventures after leaving the North estate in this short story prequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars, available only on ebook.

A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and StoriesA Girl and Her Pig cover
April Bloomfield

Availability: Most tablet devices from select bookstores

April Bloomfield is a much-lauded chef with quite a few popular restaurants (including The Spotted Pig, which has earned a Michelin star) under her belt. Now, in this memoir/cookbook, Bloomfield takes the reader behind the scenes and shares some of the recipes that have made her famous. She pays tribute to the people who have guided her and helped her along the way, as well as shares personal stories from her working-class background in England.

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